Antti Rinne appointed as Finland’s new PM

SDP chair Antti Rinne, 56, was sworn in as Finland’s 75th prime minister on Thursday afternoon. Rinne, whose Social Democratic Party narrowly won April’s election, is a former finance minister and union boss.

He was approved as the new premier by a vote of 111 to 74 in a Parliamentary session that began shortly before noon, with Rinne serving as interim Speaker of Parliament. Fourteen of the new MPs were absent. 

All the ‘no’ votes came from the three main opposition parties, with the sole MP from the Liike Nyt (Movement Now) group voting with the five government parties.